Sundance is considered to be one of the very top short film festivals, and is perhaps even more varied than Cannes when handing out its short awards.

Hudson Geese by Bernardo Britto (2020) (USA) (5m)

Written and directed by Bernardo Britto, who had previously made the Sundance-winning Yearbook, the short animation Hudson Geese really spoke to me as its premise was something that had actually crossed my mind (our speciesism is pretty disgusting). It tells the story of a male goose who visits the Hudson River on his way north to Canada. On his way out he meets with disaster, but who will remember him and his friends in the aftermath? Will Clint Eastwood make a film about them?

Legal Smuggling with Christine Choy by Lewie Kloster (2016) (USA) (4m)

Legal Smuggling With Christine Choy, directed by Lewie Kloster, was in competition at Sundance in 2017. This is perhaps due to the fact that Christine Choy has previously been nominated as a documentary filmmaker at Sundance. It tells the short story of Christine's penchant for Benson & Hedges' cigarettes, and how she discovered the cheapest way of feeding her habit was to buy a cheap flight to Toronto and buy the cigarettes in a Duty Free shop. However, she discovered a problem in Canada

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Waves 98 by Ely Hagder (2015) (Lebanon) (15m)

Waves 98 won the Palm d'Or in 2015 and was in competition at Sundance in 2016. It tells the story of a depressed young man in post-war Beirut, Lebanon. He is lured into the city centre by a strange golden glow. But what will he find there? A big golden metaphor. Visually immersive, the pacing is a little slow to begin with but improves after five minutes. In a way it reminds me of the wonderful short film, Goodbye, by American Tyler Russo.


It's A Date by Zachery Zezima (2016) (USA) (7m)

Written and directed by Zachary Zezima and based on a true story, It's A Date is one of those animations that gains a lot of festival buzz but does not have a whole lot of story to it. A young couple are meeting on a blind date, having apparently met online, and it is as awkward as most blind dates; but it gets even more awkward when the young man starts talking about being an alien who spends most of his time trying to reconnect with his alien ancestors.


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